December 30, 2012

Book Review - Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth

This book intertwines the fairy story of Rapunzel with that of a witch in Renaissance Italy, and that of an actual historical figure, Charlotte-Rose de Caumont de la Force, a French writer who is said to have been a great influence on Sir Walter Scott, the father of modern fiction. Charlotte collected words:

"I liked to roll words over my tongue like a lump of molten honeycomb, savouring the sweetness, the crackle, the crunch. Cerulean, azure, blue. Shadowy, somber, secret. Voluptous, sensuous, amorous. Kiss, hiss, abyss.

Some words sounded dangerous. Pagan. Tiger.

Some words seemed to shine. Crystal. Glissade.

Some words changed their meaning as I grew older. Ravishing."

Charlotte's story covers her Huguenot family's fall in fortunes and her time at the sensual and extravagant French court of the Sun-King, Louis IV. Rapunzel's story is told by a nun in a strict convent and also in the first person by the witch's victim. And the witch's story becomes rather more complex than first thought. The author incorporates a great deal of historical detail seamlessly into the story, for example, you learn about Charlotte's clothing as she plays a game of strip poker with her lover; and about the food of the day as her childhood household prepares a great banquet for the visiting King. The chapters are headed by excerpts from different poets exploring the Rapunzel story, which adds to the deliciousness of the experience. This is a great read by an accomplished Australian wordsmith and highly recommended.


December 27, 2012

Book Review - The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

Harold Fry has been retired for some months when he gets a letter from a woman he had worked with many years before. As a result, he sets off, unexpectedly, on a walking pilgrimage to the nursing home where she is dying of cancer. Harold is an unassuming quiet man who has had an unexciting life but as he walks, he gains a broader perspective:

"He had learned that it was the smallness of people that filled him with wonder and tenderness, and the loneliness of that too. The world was made up of people putting one foot in front of the other; and a life may appear ordinary simply because the person living it had done so for a long time. Harold could no longer pass a stranger without acknowledging the truth that everyone was the same, and also unique; and that this was the dilemma of being human."

This a beautiful novel, full of immersive descriptions of the countryside and gentle observations of people. How Harold and his wife deal with the emerging issues from their lives is an addictive read, and a redemptive one.


December 23, 2012

Book Review - The Love Letter by Fiona Walker

Fiona Walker is firmly in Bridget Jones territory as her characters inhabit both the world of business and that of English country homes where complicated family trees and fortunes wreak havoc with continuity of the local hunt and arts festivals. Allegra (Legs) North ran out on her fiancée, Francis, to have an affair with her married boss, Conrad. She has to return to the family home to set up a deal for her publishing company's best author, Gordon Lapsis, who she only knows via email. Along the way, she meets Byrne, a long lost Irish family connection as she tries to sort out her parents' marriage breakdown and resolve her own feelings for all the difficult and demanding men in her life. As Sir Walter Scott said in the Lay of the Last Minstrel , "What shall be the maiden's fate? Who shall be the maiden's mate?" This is a funny contemporary romance with a large & attractive cast and lovely English coastal setting. Suspend disbelief and enjoy!


December 22, 2012

Book Review - Return to Grace by Karen Harper

This is a mystery romance and includes a clash of cultures as Grace, a lapsed Amish woman returns to her community after an act of violence against her worldly friends. Who has attacked her group? What is the secret of the Amish graveyard and will the FBI agent and the Amish barn builder be able to work together to solve the mystery while they compete for Grace's love. As the mystery unfolds and more people are victims of whoever is spreading violence in their erstwhile peaceful valley, Grace has to decide whether her future lies in the valley or the outside world. Karen Harper has set several novels in this fictional Amish community and although not Amish, she has made several research trips to Amish areas. Her portrayal of their culture feels authentic (although less immersive then Jodi Picoult's Plain Fact) and her characters are believable, apart from the fact that whilst still recovering from a wrist injury, Grace takes on a job as a cleaner. This is an enjoyable escapist read.

December 20, 2012

Kerstin Ekman provides Swedish literary nourishment

I read Ekman's Blackwater after reading The Dog - a beautifully written story of a puppy lost in the woods and struggling to survive. The seemingly simple tale offers a more complex exploration of trust and friendship and the relationship between man and dog. I enjoyed her writing style so much that I looked for more of her books and ordered Blackwater via inter-library-loan through Camden library - and I was glad I did. I haven't enjoyed a book this much in a long time.

Blackwater is a literary thriller set in the far northern forests of Sweden. The story spans 20 years and centres around Annie Raft and her involvment in an unsolved double murder of two tourists on midsummer's eve in 1974. The description of the long-lit midsummer nights create an eerie atmosphere and the complex, intricately woven plot and realistic and interesting characters drew me right in and I couldn't put it down and didn't want it to end. It was, for me, one of those books that reminds us why we love reading.

I found this review in an unpublished archive and thought it was worth sharing. We still have The Dog and it sounds very enjoyable - Wendy

December 18, 2012

Chick-Lit Christmas? Yes Please

This time of year is a great time to get into Chic-Lit. Relax, take a load off and immerse yourself in a world of girly problems and triumphs. You're bound to love one of these fab reads (I like the look of the Hindi Bindi Club myself, there in the centre). Click the title to view more details, or pop into Camden and Narellan branches. And good luck with your Christmas shopping!

December 16, 2012

Better together by Sheila O'Flanagan

Shelia O'Flanagan is one of the reliable group of Irish writers bringing you stories of people and relationships with a serious undertone but a light touch. Settle down for some pleasant entertainment as journalist Sheridan Gray takes a job on a small regional newspaper after being made redundant by a big city sports desk. Sheridan’s landlady, Nina, has a TV soap actor husband who is having a fling with his attractive young co-star. And what a pity that the devastatingly handsome man at the junior soccer match is married…. or is he?

December 15, 2012

National Year or Reading: Love2Read

How can it be? The National Year of Reading is coming to a close. We hope you've enjoyed our monthly booklists, our book reviews, our thematic spotlights and reading goodies. Thankyou for sharing your favourite reads with us- we've enjoyed every single one of them. To finish off our NYOR booklists, we've decided to pull together your top authors- authors that made you laugh, cry, smile, frown, giggle and everything in between.

But that's only the beginning? Won't you share your favourite author with us? Comment in the box below.

December 12, 2012

Book Review - The Secret Life of Poems: a poetry primer by Tom Paulin

If you love words and how writers use them, try dipping into this little book with an entertaining review of 42 poems by well-known English poets including Coleridge, Tennyson, Byron, Hughes, Larkin and Wordsworth. Starting with a short and fairly painless explanation of technical terms for rhythm, rhyme and metre, each short chapter focuses on one short poem or excerpt, analyzing it for poetical devices to understand how the poet gets his or her effect. A discussion of the historical context and influences adds layers of meaning to each one. For example, did you know that Keats and Wordsworth were dangerously radical and political? Or that many of the allusions in their poems would have been understood by their contemporaries to have political connotations? You can also just read the poems and enjoy them – revisting old friends like Coleridge's :

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan

A stately pleasure dome decree:

Where Alph, the sacred river, ran

Through caverns measureless to man

Down to a sunless sea.

So twice five miles of fertile ground

With walls and towers were girdled round:

And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills,

Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree;

And here were forests ancient as the hills

Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.

Incidentally, this last word, greenery, was invented by Coleridge in this poem! And yes, I think you should read them to the cat or any other family member willing to listen or just say them out loud to yourself!


Sci-Fi Awesomess: Digital Shelves

Oh la la! Science Fiction reads are all ready to go. Grab one in your Christmas travels and travel to new worlds at the same time. You know you want to. Pick from these classics and new titles or pop in to your local branch.

Christmas Fiction: Great Novels about this lovely time of year

December is here!!! With all the mayhem of Christmas preparation, you'll need a good detox when you get a spare moment. Why not relax with a Christmas read? Fuzzy endings, fun plots and cheeky twists, Christmas fiction is a once-in-a year treat! Try these on for size!

What about you? Do you have a good Christmas Read to recommend? Or your favourite Christmas movie?

December 11, 2012

The Art of Annemieke Mein : wildlife artist in textiles

This book is filled with interesting and unique artwork. The way Annemieke Mein combines different materials together to create birds, butterflies, frogs and other wildlife is truly fascinating. This is definitely a book to browse through when you're looking to be inspired.


December 10, 2012

Book Review - The Wife who Ran Away by Tess Stimson

Kate is nearly 40 and has taken on all the responsibility in her family, using her demanding but highly paid job to support her husband and children, her mother and help her sister's family. One day, following a series of disappointments and stresses, she leaves the family home in a bit of a fugue state and finds herself seeking refuge with an old friend in Rome, rediscovering her love of art history and trying to find out where she lost her own self along the way. Her husband and children deal with the shock of her absence, once they notice it, in their own ways. An entertaining story of how relationships get mired in roles that grow to overshadow the inner needs and desires of the people who start out whole but end up transformed into shadow people they don't want to be. How will Tess find out who and where she wants to be?


Book review: A fortunate life by A.B. Facey

This autobiography is not a new book but I have only just recently read it. Albert, or Bert as he is called throughout the book, was born in 1894 and truly had a remarkable life. Bert had to start working at the age of eight and from then on worked extremely hard for the rest of his life which, even with all he endured, he still considered to be fortunate. He loved the Western Australian outback and found solace in sitting and watching and listening to the wildlife. Bert’s descriptions of the land bring it to life and his writing style is simple, everyday language.

Bert worked on the land in many varied jobs, learning a range of skills that he put to use all through his life. His account of his experience at Gallipoli is moving and educational and really gives the reader an honest picture of what it was like. The second half of the book has a very different feel to the first half, which is probably because of the romantic way we all feel about our childhood and his recount of his adult years is more “matter of fact”.

I’m glad I finally read this book because it is an Australian classic with insight into Australia’s history.


December 08, 2012

Book Review - The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan

We begin with Grace, meeting with her solicitors..

"We'd better present her as sane….They laughed and poked their cigarettes in the air and talked about me as if I wasn't there as we walked back to the courthouse where, along with two other women… I was to stand trial for my life."

Part story of the trial and part flashback to the events that take place as passengers and crew from a sunken ship try to stay alive in a lifeboat adrift for many days, The Lifeboat brings us into the mind of Grace. We learn her back-story, just married to wealthy Henry who has surely not survived the sinking. Grace is a survivor but will this current trial be too much for her to overcome? Beautifully evocative writing details the lifeboat's occupants grappling with religion, morality and ethics as life and death choices need to be made on the open ocean. I didn't expect to be as gripped by the story as I was, nor as fascinated by the inevitable 'What would I do?' speculations the book engenders.


Coming Home: A Booklist

This is the time of year that families and homes are important. For this reason (seeing as you might be in the mood for something a little softer), here are some reads that focus on the theme of coming home and returning to the family.

Do you have your suggestions? Why not leave them in the comment box below?

December 06, 2012

Book Review The Uninvited Guests by Sadie Jones

A rich family in a large English country house prepare for a birthday celebration for the daughter of the house, Emerald. Sadie Jones gradually reveals the family's uncertainties and passions. They are not Old County but newly arrived and their grip on the house, which they all love in varying ways, is under threat. A slightly otherworldly collection of visitors arrives, including a gaggle of third class passengers from a local train wreck, like a Greek chorus, and a strange and mesmerizing figure in Charlie Traversham-Beechers. Emerald goes to greet them…

"And as she stopped, there came, of a sudden, a hard gust of wind behind her, striking her through her dress, forcefully blowing all thoughts of convention from her mind. The heavy front door was closed, but the chill struck Emerald's back, finding its way through the jamb and hinges – through the solid wood itself, it seemed, as a cold wave will sometime catch one as one leaves the sea and knock the breath from one's body."

These uninvited guests completely transform the expected weekend and provide a cathartic turning point for future family relations. I particularly liked Imogen, known as Smudge, the youngest daughter, much younger than her brother and sister, and her solution to getting realism into her animal portraits on the wall of her upstairs bedroom. The older children undergo several shocks as they grow to understand some of the adult figures around them and take some tentative steps towards their own futures. They learn that it takes a crisis to understand how strong family bonds can be.


December 04, 2012

Book Review: Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Green

This novel starts out small and builds layers of complexity. We meet Max’s imaginary friend Budo and learn about Max’s life. Going to school, dealing with parents, teachers and other children and growing-up . One of my favourite parts of the book is the characterization of several teachers - the good and the ordinary. I love Mrs Gosk, who is a teacher who really teaches….

“They talk to kids in their regular voices and say things they would say in their own living rooms. Their bulletin boards are always a little raggedy and their desks are always a little messy and their libraries are always a little out of order, but kids love them because they talk about real things in real voices and they always tell the truth”.

Another gem is the interaction between a varied bunch of other imaginary friends. Each is imagined with characteristics specifically created to help their human friend so communication, brains and movement are all up for grabs in their creation. So, some can speak and go through walls and some can't move at all. Budo is unique in being very nearly fully formed in a human image. This is a story of love, loss and bravery as an extraordinary thing happens to Max and Budo tries to save him. I was swept away by this author's ability to create a whole reality of the imaginary friend and his masterful ability to evoke emotion.


Book Review - A Roomful of Bones by Elly Griffiths

This is not your straight forward story complicated as it is by indigenous Australian repatriation requests for ancient bones, druid dreaming, a trans gender bishop and a murder mystery centred on a race horse training stable. That all sounds complicated but we are in the hands of a very good story teller, so relax and enjoy the ride! The book characterized by wry humour . Dr Ruth Galloway, forensic archaeologist, has a daughter, the result we learn of a brief affair with a policeman.

“You’re very brave,’ someone said to her recently, ‘to bring her up on your own.” What choice did I have? Ruth wanted to say. Expose her on a hillside? Leave her to be adopted by a friendly wolf pack? But she did have a choice, she recognises, right at the beginning. A choice she supports. It was just that when it came to it she realised she wanted a baby very badly indeed. And, if she never sees him again, she will always be grateful to Nelson for this.

She does indeed see Nelson as they try to solve two mysterious deaths and a parallel investigation into a drug smuggling ring. This is the fourth in a series based on Ruth Galloway but I hadn't read the earlier ones and the story stands up as a read alone. It contains many twists and turns, lots of highly idiosyncratic individuals and some evocative scene setting. I thoroughly enjoyed it.



We were passing the cooking shelves at the library today and had to snap this one! What an unusual mix of books on display- it really demonstrates the vast range of food and cooking books available for loan at your library. Click one to view more details, and as always, we'd love to see you in person at our Camden and Narellan branches.

November 22, 2012

Brilliant Biographies

Some great bios up here! Why not click one for more details or come in to Camden and Narellan for your celeb/sport/interest fix.

November 20, 2012

What Remains by Denise Leith

We meet Kate Price as a raw new war correspondent and travel with her as she develops her skills and resilience, witnessing ever more horrific events. She is at Sarajevo and Rwanda to name but two. The tide of media ebbs and flows around the successive war zones and the same journalists and photographers connect and separate endlessly in the waves. How do you build an emotional life when you are in the midst of so much chaos and suffering? We need these events to be witnessed but at what cost? This is a powerful and heartbreaking story.

November 13, 2012

Bryant & May on the Loose by Christopher Fowler

“The inmates at Pentonville prison were fond of inking themselves with fake Russian gang symbols, most of them poorly copied and misspelled. The one on Mac’s arm was actually a produce stamp for a soviet state farm…he.. was advertising turnips.” Mac is a pawn in the game of Mr Fox who may be just a social misfit with a penchant for collecting personal details, or he may be a serial killer or he may be the Horned God haunting the site of a pagan temple. Weaving London’s many layered history into another engaging mystery, Fowler welcomes us to the eclectic, eccentric world of the Peculiar Crimes Unit. Be warned, there are more in the series and you won’t be able to stop at one book!

November 12, 2012

National Year of Reading: Cry

Many of the National Year of Reading themes have been focused on the positives of human life: exploration, adventure, inspiration and joy. But there is something also to be said of those times when we feel down and the lessons we learn when challenges and trials are stacked up against us. For this reason, November's theme is cry, recommending novels that feature sad endings, bittersweet resolutions, challenging themes, and more. We've compiled a few below, but why not suggest some of your own favourites in the comment box at the end of this post? We'd love to hear about them.

November 11, 2012

Defending Jacob by William Landay

Assistant DA, Andy Barber is called to a murder scene of a boy who was stabbed on his way to school. It’s a small town – people know each other. Andy is suspended and his teenage son, Jacob, is charged with murder. The family is isolated as the legal process grinds on. During the trial, Andy is faced with seeing the prosecution unfold from the defendant’s perspective and this is one of the strongest elements of this suspenseful book. The trial might find Jacob guilty. The more horrific question is… what if he is guilty?

November 09, 2012

The Land of Decoration by Grace McCleen

CoverEvery now and then you find a new author with an extraordinary voice and heart, who possesses the gift of putting complex ideas into simple language. Judith is 10 years old and grappling with how the world works. She lives a faith based life with her emotionally distant father and although intelligent is socially unaware and excluded. Isolated and lonely, she makes a miniature pretend world in her room and weaves stories about it. Through the power of her imagination and her faith, she causes events in her imaginary world which begin to affect the real world. But with power comes responsibility and who can she turn to for help?

November 05, 2012

Book review: The Season of the Beast

The Season of the Beast (The Agnes De Souarcy Chronicles by Andrea Japp)

This is the first in a series of historical mysteries about a young widow in medieval France. It has been translated from French, but is nevertheless a beautiful book to read if you don’t mind confusing narratives. I confess I skimmed over the many subplots and historical references I wasn’t sure of, because the characters and places described in between were very interesting. In particular Agnes De Souarcy is a strong character partly because she is depicted in such glowing terms as a renaissance woman and partly because she remains vulnerable in spite of her ample ability and intelligence. What was fascinating also were the various social skills and hazards of France in 1304, which are so different to those we use today. The historicity of these I found convincing, and made this book a worthwhile read. I read it very quickly, and due to a cliffhanger ending will now need to read the second and perhaps third in the series.


More Thumbs Up: Recommended Reads

So you want more reads that others have personally picked for you? Check out these great novels and bios that were recommended by your fellow library members through the Camden Reads program. Do you have your own favourites to share? Please post in the comment box at the end of this entry.

Stalked: Every Woman's Nightmare by Chris Smith
Scattered: The Inside Story of Ice in Australia by Malcolm Knox
Sold by Tess Stevens

Saving Cinnamon by Christine Sullivan
The Words Inside by Emmah Money
Live without Limits by Nick Vujicic
Inconceivable by Carolyn and Sean Savage
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
She by H.R. Haggard
Bleed for Me by Michael Robotham

October 30, 2012

A Flutter of Butterflies by Michael Braby with Penny Olsen

This enchanting look at historical depictions of Australian moths and butterflies uses resources held by the National Library of Australia. Nine artists are featured ranging from 1770s to the present. Some pictures are for scientific study and some are for pleasure. Each artist has their own chapter, a short biography and a discussion of their work. Find out about the early history of Duntroon, fall in love with the Spotted Jezebel, or just enjoy the lovely pictures. Michael Braby is a leading authority on the topic but the book is aimed at general interest level.

October 29, 2012

More Magazines

More great magazines available at your library. Click the title to view more details.

October 26, 2012

Book review: The Thirty Six

Thoughts on holocaust writers and a review of The Thirty Six by Siegmund Siegrich

Something that fascinates me about first-hand accounts of the holocaust is the tone used by the narrators. It may be due to the fact that most stories have needed to be translated, but I have found all I have read on this topic to be quite blunt and spare. It is minimalist writing; the kind where the facts are told without much added description and the narrative moves from event to event with little reflection. Perhaps this is because many of the tellers of these stories were not writers by profession, but I think it is also a product of that specific kind of experience.

Being subjected routinely to acts of incredible cruelty, living on adrenaline and having to endure unthinkable suffering, there is little time for introspection. Every day of having survived might come as a surprise, nothing is taken for granted and allowing emotions to surface could potentially destroy a person. The way these people write reflects that mentality, as though their experiences seem surreal to them or as though it happened to someone else.

The Thirty Six is a wonderful story due to the positivity of Siegrich in spite of the appalling nature of what he endured. I couldn’t stop reading it, fascinated by the insanity of it all and disgusted by the fact that it was a true story. Mr Siegrich I have a lot of respect for, and I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about what people are capable of, in both survival and cruelty. This is a profoundly affecting book. I am still upset reflecting on the fact that these things happened to such a lovely gentleman, and so many others did not make it out of the death camps.


October 25, 2012

Read All the Magazines!

I'm not suggesting you take us literally- but if you've ever forked out for a some magazine fun on a bus ride, you'll appreciate that you can simply pop in to your local library and grab the goss for free. Here are some of our titles- we'll post more over the next month. Just click to find out more about our holdings.

October 23, 2012

A fine and Private Place by Christobel Kent

An Italian murder mystery to rival the best atmospheric crime stories coming out of Scandinavia. A grim and brooding remote castle houses a collection of artists on retreat. The director of the retreat is killed in a car accident, or is it murder? Sandro Cellini, a former police officer now dealing with life as a PI enlists the help of a sensitive young woman working at the castle to solve the riddle of the director’s life and death. The emotions and egos swirl like the falling snowflakes as the soft snow blankets the countryside and covers up the clues. The investigators learn as much about themselves as they do about their suspects and the truth is finally laid bare. Recommended reading.

October 22, 2012

October 15, 2012

Thumbs Up- Recommendations by Library Members

Ever wanted to know what other people are reading? Well here's your chance-check out these recommended reads that were given the thumbs up by library members during the Camden Reads Program 2012. Got your own suggestions? Levae them in the comment box below.

Becoming Scarlett – Ciara Geraghty
About Last Night- Adele Parks
The Thirty Six – Siegmund Siegreich
Wolfsbane – Andrea Cremer
Clockwork Prince - Cassandra Clare
Hallowed by Cynthia Hand
The Thread by Victoria Hislop
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Legacy by Danielle Steel

October 11, 2012

Camden Fiction

Camden Library routinely displays new fiction on their special new fiction display in the fiction area. Take a browse or select some of these books by clicking the title.

October 08, 2012

Naval Knockouts: Maritime Fiction Booklist

Whether it's a historic tale about the navy and pirates, or a contemporary account of submarines and military valour, we have plenty of maritime-themed fiction to keep the sailor at heart content. You can keep an eye out for the naval fiction sticker (an anchor) at both branches, or take a look at these good reads below. Have your own to recommend? Comment at the end of this post!

October 04, 2012

Digital Shelves: Camden Non-Fiction

There's something a little bit enchanting about these book niches at Camden and Narellan libraries. But for sure, the one's are Camden are best, peeping out from the shelves with little gems on offer. We always put really interesting non-fiction here- bits and pieces that would surprise and compel any reader. Why not take a look at these? Click the books to see more (or pop in to Camden!)

October 01, 2012

National Year of Reading: Explore

This month's theme is Explore! The National Year of Reading initiative is focusing on all sorts of adventurous, interesting and fascinating books this month to lure you out into the wide world. We've compiled a few great reads here about different places and times, new landscapes and mindsets, but why not suggest your own? Comment in the box below.

Battle: A Visual Journey through 5000 years of Combat by R.G. Grant

The Age of Empires by Robert Aldritc

3001 the Final Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke

Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

In the Footsteps of Mallory and Irvine: The Final Dream by Mark MacKenzie

Berlin Syndrome by Melanie Joosten

A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle

Devil's Gate by Clive Cussler

Point Omega by Don DeLillo

September 24, 2012

Celebrity Biographies: A Booklist

Want to know a little bit more about your favourite actors, singers, musicians and popular personalities? Forget the gossip mags- biographers spend years interviewing and researching their celebrities to produce in-depth, personal, and persuasive biorgaphies. Here's 10 you might like, but why not pop in and have a look for yourself? Or check our online catalogue.

September 21, 2012

Digital Shelves: Youth Fiction

Increasingly authors are covering multiple target groups, as the boundaries about 'what is proper reading' for various ages dissapears. This is great news, as there are plenty of fantastic youth fiction reads that everyone should see. Why not click try some above? Or check out the youth section at Camden and Narellan libraries.

September 14, 2012

Digital Shelves: Riveting Romance

Some lovely romantic novels available at Camden and Narellan libraries. Pop in to your local branch to browse, use the catalogue or click on one of the titles above to place a reserve!

September 10, 2012

This book has everything!

Midnight in the garden of good and evil.
By John Berendt.

This is one of my all time favourite books. It is classified as non-fiction, but it reads like a novel. It tells the story of John Kelso, a New York writer who goes to Savannah on a spur of the moment holiday, but gets caught up in the eccentric characters of the hauntingly beautiful city, and decides to stay a bit longer, to get to know them a bit better. These true life characters include a drag queen named Chablis, a man who walks an invisable dog every day, and a voodoo queen named Minerva, just to name a few. While in Savannah, Kelso meets an antiques dealer called Jim Williams who gets arrested for murder. Kelso, along with everyone else in the city, closely follows the 4 murder trials to see if Jim killed Billy, or if it was self defence. This book is based on real life events and has a little bit of everything, comedy, tragedy, romance etc, and is sure to appeal to everyone.

To check out this book on our catalogue, click here.

September 07, 2012

Digital Shelves: Scrumptious Chick-Lit

These juicy chiclit titles are available at Camden and Narellan libraries. Click the titles to get more details.

September 04, 2012

Fangs Forever? Supernatural Romance Booklist

Twilight and the likes have given birth to entire new range of fiction- angels, demons, vampires, werewolves, witches- all falling in love with humans. Pick your poison below and delve into these delicious new novels.

Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews (Shapeshifters, werewolves)

Jane and the Damned by Janet Mullany (Jane Austen and vampires)

The Blood Countess by Tara Moss (Vampires)

Arcane Circle by Linda Robertson (Witches)

Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris (Vampires)

Fanged & Fabulous by Michelle Rowan (Vampires)

What about you? Any good paranormal romances to recommend? Comment below!

August 28, 2012

Do you like to Freegal?

We all know that our library has books and may even know about the library's extensive audiobook collection, but did you know you could download music for free? Camden Library's Freegal Music Service permits library members to download up to three free songs a week from the Sony music database. You keep them forever, no loans!

It's too easy to get started. Simply go to the library website and click the Freegal button on the right hand side bar. You log in with your library ID number (under the barcode on your library card) and your password. Don't have a password? Contact us and we'll set one up for you straight away.

August 21, 2012

Crime Fiction: A booklist

Seeing as this month is themed Question through the National Year of Reading, we thought we'd take a look at some mystery fiction that is all about juicy questions. This crime fiction book list pulls up novels with concealed murders, thefts and sins that are questioned and puzzled by protagonists to the end. Why not try some out this month. Here are ten we liked.

All Shots by Susan Conant

Got your own to add? Comment below and we'll happily add it.

August 14, 2012

National Year of Reading: Question

Who? What? Where? When? Why? (Remember that tv show? Blocked it out from your childhood? We respect that and will speak no more of it). This month's theme is Question, so this book list will be spotlighting everything confusing, conflicting, and more. These are the great books that keep you guessing, and make you question the world around you.

The City and the City by China Mielville

Do you have your own great reads to add to this list? Let us know by commenting and we'll add them!

August 07, 2012

Howdy Partner- A Westerns Booklist

Westerns remain a seriously popular genre of books in our library. People come up to the desk with six or seven westerns at a time and return them the next week- and do it all over again! We never seem to have enough to satisfy the westerner's taste. And it's no surprise- Westerns are a great mix of action and adventure, old hollywood style, fantastic energised landscapes and characters that mix both the outlandish and the familiar. Maybe these guys are onto something then- and so here's a list of new westerns available in our library.

The Sister's Brothers by Paul DeWitt
Dynamite Daze by Ethan Flagg
Long Ride to Yuma by Will Keen

Sharpshooter McClure by I.J. Parnham
Take Me to Texas by Ryan Bodie
The Branded Man by J. D. Ryder
To Die This Day by Clint Ryker
Rustler's Range by Billy Hall
Kansas Fast Gun by Arthur Kent
Border Fury by Corba Sunman

July 31, 2012

Oh the horror! A booklist

Nestled in our sci-fi and fantasy reads are tales to dread and terrify. Easily located by the horror sticker (it literally says horror, you won't miss it), these reads cover the horros classics, modern supernatural and pyschological fiction and all sorts of spine-tingling dreadfulness. Why not try these out for size?

July 27, 2012

Did you know about inter-library loans?

Are you after a book that's out of print? Or don't want to pay for a brand new copy? Inter-library loans are designed to bring those books to you that you can't get a hold of elsewhere, for whatever reason.

Inter-library loans cost $1.10 and are easily made by getting in touch with library staff. Just ask at the desk, give us a call, or send us an email.

July 26, 2012

Raunchy Romance Reads

Liked Fifty Shades of Grey? Try some of these other titles!

Borrow from our Library

Not so Anonymous: Nikki Gemmel's first foray into the field

Seductive fiction, Nazi's and Treasure! Reserve now!

Feudal England at it's raunchiest. Reserve now!

Contol, Love and Lust. Reserve today.

20 something Londen "romance" . Get it now!

The cover says it all. Borrow now!

Soulmates, Angels and Scotland. Reserve today!

You may even like to try some of the Mills and Boon from the Sexy Series!